To the surprise of many Americans, immigration and his no-holds-barred approach to politics gave Donald Trump a resounding win that sent both Democratic and Republican strategists to the showers, rethinking their time-worn formulas.
Even more surprising, Trump has lit the fires of populist revolt on an international scale. The European Union is in peril and nationalism, spurred on by immigration, is one of the more notable opponents. Who woulda thought? Clearly, Americans are not the only citizens ticked off at the elite.
Trump’s foray into the immigration morass will prove to be a formidable challenge. The subject has been the “red-headed stepchild” of policy for as long as our nation has existed, and the ball is clearly in his court.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to create a uniform rule of naturalization. In a judicially created doctrine known as the “plenary power doctrine,” the Supreme Court allowed Congress to delegate its immigration authority to the executive branch. Hence, the president virtually holds a monopoly over immigration law.
Two predictable outcomes came of this decision. First, immigration became a political football in the hands of the president, doing what he will when he wants to, and that translates to political expediency. Second, the immigration issue became an orphan among America’s global initiatives like foreign and economic policy. Times of war were notable exceptions.
If that gives you pause, be assured you are not alone: it should be a major concern. Immigration policy has never been more important, and has implications far beyond a benign social issue.
Despite high-minded protestations to the contrary, honoring Trump’s pledge to construct a fence that stems the flow of illegals entering America is the right call. Don’t let the persona of the messenger cloud your thinking. Immigration is a social and national security bomb that needs to be carefully defused. Step one is securing our perimeter until a smart strategy is in place.
Immigration Policy Is Not a Sidecar
Great nations, armies, companies, and institutions are not the product of blind luck or impassioned hyperbole. They are the result of articulated values, ideas, and goals that their shareholders buy into—a sense of shared mission that empowers those who faithfully come together in common cause. When this “buy-in” occurs, you unleash a force that demands a reckoning.
Immigration is, and has been, a divisive wedge issue in our common cause, exploited by politicians for personal gain and political demagoguery. Never, outside of election periods or war, has it received the attention and thoughtfulness of other components of national policy.
Terms like economic policy, trade policy, and foreign policy are familiar to the majority of Americans. They carry a certain weighty connotation that suggests its architects need to be thoughtful, skilled strategists, wise in the ways of the world, and forward-thinking. Immigration policy is no different. It is vital to our nation’s future. That said, it behooves us to approach it with cautious optimism and strategic thoughtfulness.
Our Immigration Policy Needs Intelligent Design
Apart from whatever else you might think, immigration policy development must consider three fundamental components: National security; the full and sincere political assimilation of the émigré, in which he or she embraces our Constitution and Bill of Rights; and the émigré possesses education and skill sets conducive to facilitating his and our nation’s economic health.
Intelligent design of any system begins with an accurate assessment of where you are today, including threats and weaknesses, then unequivocally articulating the desired end state. That’s true for computer systems, weapon systems, utility systems and our beleaguered economic system. No evidence I know of suggests the government, press, or general public fully appreciates these issues.
One of the harsher realities we face in the twenty-first century is that technology has forever changed the workplace. Factories that produce raw materials and finished product rely less and less on unskilled labor. We already have an excess of unskilled labor, as our increasing Rust Belt can attest, and that is an economic liability we cannot ignore.
America needs a plan to employ or transition our surplus of unskilled workers to meet the ever-changing skill sets commerce demands. In today’s global economy, a western nation with labor exploitation laws and awash in unskilled labor is a nation condemned to the dust-bin of history.
Until we have a workable strategy that considers the aforementioned three immigration components, immigration needs to be shut down except in exceptional cases. The reality is that we simply cannot save the world’s poor and refugees. Trump is absolutely right in sounding the immigration klaxon.
Immigration Policy Is Merely a Tool
Unserious immigration policy development and enforcement best serves the needs of big business and politicians. Business seeks cheaper labor and politicians seek “victims” they will claim to champion in exchange for a rubber stamp voting bloc to keep them in power. The economic reality is that a surplus of cheap labor depresses wages for the lower middle class, which drives up unemployment, which creates a greater demand for social services.
A less discussed aspect of porous borders is the benefit to transnational crime cartels. Historically, the more well-known cartel products were marijuana and cocaine. Today, transnational gangs have proliferated, and have expanded their offerings to include synthetic opioids, nefarious people of foreign origin, counterfeit goods, illegal arms, young women sold into sex slavery, and a more potent crystal meth. Further, any local law enforcement agency can tell you that drug addiction increases crime rates.
The Los Angeles sheriff recently stated his jail cell capacity of several thousand was being significantly strained by meth addicts who are so violent he cannot put more than one person in a cell. He is warehousing the mentally ill. It should be clear that an ounce of prevention in reducing illegal immigration is worth more than a pound of cure.
The National Security Council has a strategy to combat these issues, yet a comprehensive border enforcement policy is virtually nonexistent. Complaints by our border patrol agents union largely fall on deaf ears.
We Need to Discriminate Among Immigrants
Knowing the multitude of ills that we face with our politicized immigration system, it is fair to ask, “Who would be the ‘winners’ if we were to maintain or expand relatively open borders?”
The EU experience has instructional value. Europe is notable for its generous social welfare systems, which are under increased stress. Crime rates and the need for mental health services are increasing.
According to our own National Institutes of Health, few experiences are more traumatic than immigration. Virtually everything in the immigrant’s life changes, including loss of family, diet, climate, culture, language, and social status. Social trauma of one degree or another is common.
The point of origin also has a great deal to do with the success of immigrants into western societies. In Los Angeles, 44 percent of immigrants come from Mexico. They are among the least-skilled and poorest-educated people in the hemisphere. They also lack the financial resources necessary to prosper in an alien economy. On the other hand, studies show that Cuban refugees are much better equipped to succeed in America. Hence not all Latins are the same.
Asians have vastly different future prospects. Asian immigrants are more likely to come to our shores with transferable skill sets, access to funds, and a keen appreciation for education that facilitates their successful immigration. Their demand for social services is minimal compared to Latinos and other native-born minorities.
The same is true for Europe, where the growing influx of unskilled immigrants has seriously violated all three fundamentals of successful immigration policy: being a security risk, not embracing the culture, and lacking transferable skills to meet national needs and ensure their own successful future.
Recent intelligence findings in the aftermath of growing terrorism in Europe have demonstrated that open borders facilitate terrorism, while widely differing intelligence policies, culture, and strategies of European nations inhibit counter-intelligence. Immigrants are also more easily radicalized to crime and terrorism.
Hence, apart from being the antithesis of fostering civil society, “open borders” is a breeding ground for conflict of purpose. That is not a good result, unless united purpose and common cause are obstructions to your longer-term goals, in which case you seek the bitter fruit they will bring. Divide and conquer comes to mind.
The Diversity Mantra Is a Ruse
The mantra that praises diversity has been exploited by leftists and globalists ad nauseam. “Diversity” is one of the great hoaxes of the last half-century, a figment of the imagination of people who live in the distorted reality known as academia.
History unequivocally proves people are tribal, stubborn creatures who place great importance on shared values, religion, experience, ethnicity, culture, and so on. By their very nature they seek out their own, and many harbor resistance to interlopers. When displaced into another nations, they are inclined to congregate into enclaves euphemistically defined as Little Tokyo, China Town, Little Italy, etc. In Europe, these enclaves have frequently become crime-ridden ghettos and safe havens for terrorists, where the native-born dare not enter.
If diversity advocates were actual educators, they would acknowledge that, in the context of immigration, diversity is a serious challenge to unity of purpose. In fact, diversity is the antonym (look it up) of agreement, sameness, similarity, and uniformity—the very heart of shared values and purpose.
Those who wish to immigrate to America but do not support our Constitution or Bill of Rights are not good candidates for citizenship or extended residence. If their beliefs are incompatible with these documents, that is fine. They, and we, are better served when they immigrate elsewhere.
Our explosive growth of technology-driven commerce has facilitated the accumulation of wealth that would make a pharaoh blush. That has granted the rich increased access to political power. The result is an international community of wealthy globalists unburdened by borders or societal trappings. National pride, culture, and independence are the mortal enemies of a worldwide government driven by a ruling class of globalists.
None of this would surprise our founding fathers. They had a keen appreciation for the frailty of mankind regarding wealth and power, knowing full well their democratic republic would require eternal vigilance and shared responsibility in keeping it. We are long past the time where we need an integrated and intelligent immigration policy.